Chilli Con Carne and Pick & Mix Nachos


I’m always on at our girls to “eat like a princess” but every now and then they are allowed to “Eat Like a Pirate.” *  Chilli Con Carne Pick & Mix or Nachos always goes down a treat on these nights – why wouldn’t it when dinner has corn chips!

Time Saver Tip: The chilli con carne can be made ahead at any time and frozen if necessary.  Can last up to 2 months in the freezer.  I always make extra so that I have some in the freezer for those nights I can’t be bothered or don’t have time to cook.  Chilli Con Carne is also great as a filling for hot potatoes with some grated cheese on top.

*I got the eat like a pirate idea from “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin you can buy it by clicking on the link, I liked some of her ideas, especially the decluttering month but not sure I could do, or want to, a whole year of it!

If you have a Thermomix the recipe in the Everyday Cookbook is great and I usually follow that but a standard recipe is below.  It makes 6 portions and takes about 30 minutes.

Enjoy it me hearties!

Chilli Con Carne Pick & Mix Sunday Special Nachos


  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 big cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red capsicum, finely diced
  • 5 sprigs fresh coriander, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • a few grinds of black pepper
  • 4 fresh red chilli's, finely diced (optional, I often don't use if making for the kids)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g can red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 400 g tinned diced tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp stock concentrate (or 1 stock cube)
  • sour cream to serve
  • avocado to serve
  • corn chips ( I used flaxseed & soy ones in the photo)


  1. After finely chopping all the ingredients that need to be chopped heat olive oil in a large frypan and add onion, garlic, chilli (if using) and chilli powder, saute for 3 - 4 minutes until onion has gone soft and translucent
  2. Add carrot, mince and spices and cook for 10 minutes or so stirring so that all the meat is browned
  3. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste and stock and cook for another 10 minutes on a high heat stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve with sour cream, mashed avocado and corn chips
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2 comments on “Chilli Con Carne and Pick & Mix Nachos

  1. Rebecca murray
    August 28, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Made this instead of having a curry to try and bring on labour – lets hope it works! Rest of the family were very happy to eat it and want it to be added to the regular meals list.

    • Vicki
      September 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

      We had it on Sunday night too! Always a favourite around here and any left over chilli mix we sometimes put on jacket potatoes the next day. Not sure what else to suggest though to bring on labour!

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